Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2794
Author's Summary: Endurance is its own kind of heroism.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Tenth Doctor, Nyssa (in background)
Recced because: This is a wonderful, uplifting fic that is full of marvelous ingredients. First off, it's an amazing piece of world-building, with a very well-drawn original character. Second, Martha gets to use her medical skills to help combat a plague. Third, Nyssa, a companion of the Fifth Doctor, gets an important mention. But best of all, it's a fic about heroism, just as Doctor Who is a show about heroism. The Doctor swoops in, fixes things, and leaves, but others stay and slog, and become heroes by dint of their endurance. As made plain in this fic, these latter types of heroes can be the most inspiring of all.
Tyl Riat prodded a chair speculatively before planting herself on it. She was from a high-gravity species, she'd explained to Martha earlier; she had to be careful with all "lightweighter" equipment. She looked like a cross between a warthog and a male gorilla. She would have been seriously intimidating if she hadn't somehow managed to broadcast I am a nurse on all available wavelengths–a mixture of compassion, briskness, and bone-deep practicality.